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Spotify loves podcasts so much it could start helping users make them

Spotify loves podcasts so much it could start helping users make them

If you haven't noticed by now, Spotify is really excited about podcasts. For quite some time now, Spotify has been offering podcasts alongside its vast music library, letting Premium users subscribe to their favorites and download episodes for offline listening. Spotify also allows pretty much anyone to list their podcasts, but it may soon take that one step further by offering easy access to tools to actually create a podcast.

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Marvel plans to release a new fictional podcast series with Stitcher

Marvel plans to release a new fictional podcast series with Stitcher

Marvel has announced plans to release a new fictional podcast series called Marvels that will take place 'in the aftermath of the Fantastic Four’s battle with Galactus, high above New York City, for the fate of the world,' according to the company. The podcast series will be launched with Stitcher, the company best known for its podcast listening app.

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Spotify for Podcasters now a live threat to iTunes, Stitcher, podcasters

Spotify for Podcasters now a live threat to iTunes, Stitcher, podcasters

This is not a drill, and it's no longer a beta! Spotify for Podcasters is now an active, live system with which Spotify will take on the likes of Apple, Google, and the folks behind Stitcher. With Spotify for Podcasters, people making podcasts will have access to detailed analytics, user data, and options "to drive discovery" for their content.

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Google Search can now play podcasts directly from results

Google Search can now play podcasts directly from results

Over the years, Google has been improving search results to give users less reason to navigate away from Google just to find simple answers to their questions. Those range from snippets presented in answer boxes to even video clip previews. On Android, it may even present more information or more controls that remove the need to switch an app. Now Google is doing the same for podcasts by letting users not only search for relevant podcasts but even start listening to them right then and there within the search results page.

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The Obamas’ Higher Ground will make exclusive podcasts for Spotify

The Obamas’ Higher Ground will make exclusive podcasts for Spotify

Spotify has formed a partnership with Higher Ground, the production company owned by President Barack and Michelle Obama. Under this deal, Higher Ground will produce exclusive podcasts for Spotify, making them available to the service's millions of users. Among other things, Spotify says the Obamas will 'lend their voices' for certain podcasts.

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Spotify podcast discovery test shows some users curated playlists

Spotify podcast discovery test shows some users curated playlists

Spotify is attempting to tackle the podcast discovery problem with a new test that'll start this summer. The service, which only recently added podcasts to its vast library, will present five podcast playlists to a small percentage of users in the United States, Canada, UK, and a number of other countries. Each playlist will be themed to help users choose which contains content most appropriate for their current needs and interests, including things like 'geek culture' and comedy.

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Google Podcasts can finally auto-download new podcast episodes

Google Podcasts can finally auto-download new podcast episodes

Google Podcasts is slowly developing into a proper podcast app with the addition of new -- and some would say, basic and expected -- features already available in many competing products. With the most recent update, Google Podcasts can now be set to automatically download the newest episodes in the podcasts you listen to, eliminating the need to manually find and download the content.

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Google search surfaces podcast episodes, but not by topic (yet)

Google search surfaces podcast episodes, but not by topic (yet)

Back in March, we caught wind of a small-scale Google test that surfaced individual podcast episodes in Search results. Today, that Google Podcasts functionality is rolling out to Search on both desktop and iOS. This, importantly, is a way for iOS users to tap into Google Podcasts, as the company still hasn't launched the official app for that particular platform.

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SiriusXM talk shows are heading to Pandora as new podcasts

SiriusXM talk shows are heading to Pandora as new podcasts

Soon after revealing its plan to acquire Pandora Media last year, SiriusXM announced back in February that it would add Pandora music channels to the SiriusXM app this year. In a new announcement today, SiriusXM revealed that it will be bringing some of its biggest talk shows to Pandora's podcasting platform. The ported talk programming includes "Jenny McCarthy's Celebrity Dirt," "The Jason Ellis Show," "The Hoda Show," and more.

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Google Podcasts will soon show individual episodes in search results

Google Podcasts will soon show individual episodes in search results

Google Podcasts is about to receive an important new capability: finding specific episodes for search results rather than just shows. This search update has already rolled out to a small number of users, but it will be made available to everyone over coming days. The update brings Google's Podcasts app a bit closer to being a suitable option for diehard Stitcher and Pocket Casts fans.

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Spotify negotiating Gimlet podcast company acquisition for roughly $230M

Spotify negotiating Gimlet podcast company acquisition for roughly $230M

The podcast format has seen a huge resurgence in popularity in recent years, with original series drawing in audiences comparable to shows and movies on streaming video services. The streaming music market has especially become interested in podcasts, with the latest being multiple reports of Spotify in "advanced talks" to acquire Gimlet Media, the podcast production network behind popular series like Reply All, StartUp, and Crimetown.

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Pandora mobile apps get new podcast discovery platform

Pandora mobile apps get new podcast discovery platform

Pandora has pushed out updates for its Android and iOS apps to bring personalized podcast recommendations. The company first revealed plans to offer the feature earlier this year, later deploying it as a beta to a limited number of users. As with its music service, the podcast discovery feature helps users find new podcasts that they're likely to enjoy based on what they already listen to.

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